Posts tagged ‘Compassion’
A compassionate friend is a gift of grace, mercy and humility within a friendship. – Pedro Rodriguez
Lamenations 3:22-23 > “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
I am extremely grateful, thankful and stand in awe of God’s Mercy towards me throughout my whole life. But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). And, by His Grace upon my life, I have been led and reminded many times to preach the Gospel to my own soul. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)
Mercy has been the least biblical truth that I have experienced in all my years in church life.
Throughout the years, I was involved in full-time Christian ministry and in leadership within several local churches and in well-known parachurch Christian organizations and it was within those environments that I did not experience mercy from others or even Christian leaders, instead experienced from them legalistic demands, abusive authority and power – manipulation, hyperspirituality, self-righteousness, judgement, condemnation and in some cases even deception. Again, Mercy has been the least biblical truth that I have experienced [ not witnessing or experiencing mercy towards me or others as well ] which has been my greatest and deepest disappointment, discouragement, and even disillusionment within Christian based communities.
I realize that these were and still are imperfect individuals (sinners) who lacked a proper understanding of the Biblical Message of Grace, the Centrality of the Gospel, the proper understanding of the distinction between Law and Gospel in order to have a better understanding of the Holy Scriptures from a Christ-centered and Cross-focused perspective.
“Just as the rainbow is a sign which “reminds” God of His promise to never again flood the earth, so the blood of Christ is a covenant sign to “remind” Him not to treat our sins as they deserve. It is only because of God’s mercy in Christ that we are not utterly consumed. That means, because of Christ, God does not treat us according to our sin. What we deserve, rather, is His fierce wrath. But because the fullness of His wrath has already been poured on Christ, God is completely satisfied and Christ’s atoning blood is sufficient for you for all time. You cannot add or take away from it.
We have broken his law, cast aside His love, despised and rejected Him with our sin and we should be utterly consumed. Anything else is better than we deserve. But God has shown great mercy to us in Christ, and that mercy fails not. It is new every morning which means that if you have sinned, then God has fresh supply of mercy, so flee to Christ now. If your conscience accuses you of that one sin you committed, go to Christ. He is compassionate and His mercy never runs out of supply because God is already completely satisfied – Christ has paid for that sin. If you are brokenhearted about sin, if you are brought low because of it and mourn over it then God has done a work of grace in your heart. And since God’s covenant in Christ’s blood is the foundation of your hope, turn your eyes away from yourself unto Him. God keeps his Word so go to Him now to find mercy and grace in your time of need. Our faithlessness does not change God’s faithfulness to us since He has already given us His Son and His work is finished.” – J.W. Hendryx
Mark 6:34 > “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”
Mark 1:41 > “Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.”
Matt. 14:14 > “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”
Matt. 9:36 > “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
Colossians 3:12-14 > “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
1 Peter 3:8-9 > “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
The Surprising Grace of Disappointment: Finding Hope when God Seems to Fail Us – By John M. Koessler
“Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well – failed relationships, buyer’s remorse, unmet expectations. In a broken world disappointment surrounds us, but Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint.
We come to Jesus with false expectations, demanding or expecting things he doesn’t promise and then when he doesn’t deliver we are disappointed by Him. But Koessler explains how this can be the best thing for us even though it doesn’t feel good. He describes how this sort of disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight, bringing us closer to Jesus and into a deeper understanding of his very surprising grace.”
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Are you part of a christian community that is characterized more on condemnation (legalistic or moralistic) then on compassion, grace, mercy, freedom, joy and truth?
2 Corinthians 3:6 > “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Psalm 145:9 > “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 > “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”
Mark 1:41 > Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”(NLT)
Mark 6:34 > “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”
1 Peter 3:8 > “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
“I once described faith as something I got on my shoe and can’t kick or wash off. I’m stuck with it. My poems are the trespasses and blasphemies of a malpracticing Christian, one who can’t stop ogling an attractive leg, or wanting to be first, who is venial, foolish, seldom at peace, horny and lonely, and so far from the kingdom of God that his whole life becomes the theme of that distance, someone knowing he is in deep shit. It’s the perfect place to be, where you can’t fool yourself into thinking you’re on the right track… The only thing I have to offer God is my sins. I am interested in mercy when it appears in places where you would never expect it. I am interested in love that shovels shit against the tide. I am interested in grace… It is better to be annihilated and crushed by God, if you are in love with God, then it is to have no relationship at all. Better God smite you than merely be absent. God does not ‘tolerate’ me. God loves me.” — poet Joe Weil, He is an American poet. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing classes at Binghamton University. @ http://www.joeweil.org/
( Original source: http://blog.prodigalpaul.com/2010/01/05/just-a-little-reminder-of-my-life/ )
Grace is what God gives us when we don’t deserve and Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.
Amazing Gospel which is redeeming love towards us; that we live continuously under the Grace and Mercy of God – regardless of our messy lives, many sins, behavioral modifications or even our perceived progress of “getting better” in our spiritual lives. – Pedro Rodriguez
Quote From a Blog Post: What is grace? By Tullian Tchividjian (7/16/13)
What is grace?
The definition I give for grace in my forthcoming book, One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, comes from Paul Zahl:
Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable…. The cliché definition of grace is “unconditional love.” It is a true cliché, for it is a good description of the thing. Let’s go a little further, though. Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measures. It has nothing to do with my intrinsic qualities or so-called “gifts” (whatever they may be). It reflects a decision on the part of the giver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold…. Grace is one-way love.
Grace doesn’t make demands. It just gives. And from our vantage point, it always gives to the wrong person. We see this over and over again in the Gospels: Jesus is always giving to the wrong people—prostitutes, tax collectors, half-breeds. The most extravagant sinners of Jesus’s day receive his most compassionate welcome. Grace is a divine vulgarity that stands caution on its head. It refuses to play it safe and lay it up. Grace is recklessly generous, uncomfortably promiscuous. It doesn’t use sticks, carrots, or time cards. It doesn’t keep score. As Robert Capon puts it, “Grace works without requiring anything on our part. It’s not expensive. It’s not even cheap. It’s free.” It refuses to be controlled by our innate sense of fairness, reciprocity, and evenhandedness. It defies logic. It has nothing to do with earning, merit, or deservedness. It is opposed to what is owed. It doesn’t expect a return on investments. It is a liberating contradiction between what we deserve and what we get. Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver.
It is one-way love.
Grace and Peace